People, the holidays are upon us! To celebrate the holiday season, in addition to the recent 4-year anniversary of this blog (yay!), I thought it might be fun to host a giveaway. Up for grabs is a brand new copy of She Wears the Pants by Yuko Takada, a Japanese sewing book that was released in English earlier this year. If you’ve been eyeing this book and didn’t pick up a copy earlier in the year, now’s your chance!
After making a muslin of these shorts, asking for your brutally honest opinions, and hearing the vast majority of you exclaim “I would never wear them!”, I went ahead and made a version in fashion fabric. And you know what? I love them. Yes, this look is not for everyone, and it may not even be working for me (la la la, I can’t hear you…), but they’re interesting and different and oddly liberating to wear. I’m so enthralled with them that I wore them on the streets of Boston for a full day of work at the university. Read on for a slew of photos, some minor construction notes, and my experience wearing a non-traditional garment out in public.
I picked up She Wears the Pants, a Japanese sewing book by Yuko Takada, on an impulse while running to catch a train last week. Previous Japanese sewing books that I’ve seen have turned me off with super boxy styles and titles like Sweet Dress Book. When was the last time I wore a sweet dress? This one, however, really caught my eye. The original title translates to “She Has a Mannish Style,” which I think suits me perfectly. The designs are androgynous but not tent-like (for the most part), with some really interesting details and challenging techniques. I was intrigued!